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ABOUT US

The Pride Winnipeg Festival runs annually and consists of an array of cultural events that celebrate the incredibly diverse community that supports or identifies with the GSRD community.

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YEARS

Since 1987, Pride Winnipeg serves the GSRD community by celebrating our fights, victories, and reasons to be proud.

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VOLUNTEERS

We count with 16 Board Members and 30 Managing Members, who help organize Pride Winnipeg’s year-round activities, and over 200 volunteers on average who help deliver the Pride Week activities.

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HOURS

Average number of hours our volunteers contribute every year to make Pride Winnipeg come to life.

ORGANIZATIONAL PRINCIPLES

Mission

To live in a society in which all gender, sexual, and relationship diverse individuals can live their life without fear or oppression for being themselves.

Vision

Creating an​ annual festival that is reflective of our values, advocates for equality, and celebrates Winnipeg’s gender, sexual, and relationship diverse communities.​​

Values

Diversity, Inclusivity, Safe Spaces, Accessibility, Sustainability.

HISTORY

On August 2, 1987, about 250 people marched in Winnipeg’s first Pride Day. It was a brave step – a tentative venture out of a dark closet that for too long confined the spirits of those who belong to Winnipeg’s LGBTTQ community. Legally and socially, and in many other ways, the world was still an oppressive and homophobic place. A few people in that first march wore paper bags over their heads to conceal their identities, for fear of discrimination and ridicule from friends, family members, and co-workers.

1980s

In the 90s, our GSRD community faced many obstacles - but the fight continued. Pride Winnipeg started to grow and attract more attention of the media, community members, and allies. The Pride Winnipeg Parade evolved, and the Festival took place in the Memorial Park.

1990s

Thousands started to attend the Pride Winnipeg Festival to celebrate our many victories and our diverse community, and to remember that there is so much to be proud of and thankful for. Pride Winnipeg evolved from a one-day event into a 10-day festival filled with pride, confidence, fun, colour, music, laughter, optimism, and activism.

2000s

In 2010, Pride expanded, and the Pride Festival started to take place at The Forks. In 2012, Pride completed 25 years. In 2014, Pride Winnipeg was home to the Fierte Canada Pride (FCP), its Annual General Meeting and Conference. In 2018, the Annual March moved back to Portage Avenue. At the end of the decade, Pride evolved from a half-day to a two-day event that brings in on average 35,000 individuals.

2010s

The beginning of the decade also marked the first time since its foundation that Pride Winnipeg did not do any in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 the Pride Festival took place virtually, which is also happening in 2021. For 2022, Winnipeg will once again be home to the Fierte Canada Pride - what a great way to celebrate Pride WInnipeg's 35-year anniversary!

2020s

PARTNERSHIPS

Fierte Canada Pride

firete canada pride logoFierté Canada Pride is a Canadian not-for-profit incorporated organization, dedicated to the networking, support and expansion of Pride events throughout Canada. This organization will bring together Pride groups from across our country allowing them to speak with one strong voice for arts and cultural funding, government initiatives, and equal rights issues.

InterPride

interpride logoInterPride is an international Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Coordinators. Pride Winnipeg Festival Inc. joined InterPride in 2003 when they attended the international conference in Montréal.

These events have connected Winnipeg with Pride organizations around the world and have inspired great ideas on organizing this complicated, but rewarding celebration.

Pride Winnipeg has continued to attend Canadian Region 7 conferences as well as the International conference when possible.

Winnipeg was proud to host the last Canadian Region 7 Conference in 2005 .

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